'Conan the Barbarian' star Jason Momoa answers fans' questions
Jason Momoa answers 'Conan the Barbarian' questions from fans, touching on the reboot’s influences and how the titular character resembles Sean Connery as James Bond.
While TV spots and trailers for Lionsgate’s impending Conan the Barbarian have been big on playing up the reboot’s merits as an entertainingly violent romp, Jason Momoa’s turn as the titular brute will also help make or break the film.Skip to next paragraph
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Based on what the Game of Thrones actor had to say in response to questions from fans about his take on the famous muscle-bound warrior, Momoa at least appears to have done his fair share of research for the role – and has a decent appreciation for the sustaining popularity of the Conan character.
According to Momoa, Conan director Marcus Nispel started him off with an eclectic collection of material (comic books, Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories, etc.), saying the director envisioned an incarnation of the character “like [Sean Connery as James Bond] – just very charismatic and you fall in love with him.”
As for his own thoughts, Momoa had the following to offer:
“It’s really, truly an honour to play him. I love the fact that he is not the superhero, he’s a man that’s gritty, he’s truly a man, but under the circumstances he does heroic things.”
As many people have noted, the visual design of Nispel’s Conan reboot seems by and large closer to the aesthetic of the character’s comic book incarnation – not to mention, descriptions in Howard’s original literary source material – than the John Milius’ 1982 Conan the Barbarian film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Cimmerian warrior. According to Momoa, that was very much intentional:
“The wardrobe in [the 'Conan' reboot] is really pulled from the Dark Horse Comics. Obviously the poster looks like the Frank Frazetta painting. We pulled from some of the comics – some do Robert E. Howard’s stories, some do their own. We pulled from a little bit of everything.”